Anna M. Dietsch, age 100 of Yankton, and formerly of Bow Valley, NE, died on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.
Mass of Christian Burial was on Monday, April 29, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Holy Family (Sts. Peter & Paul) Catholic Church in Bow Valley with Father David Fulton officiating assisted by Deacon Sylvan Thoene. Burial was in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wynot, NE. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday at the church. The Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington is assisting with arrangements.
Pallbearers were John Schwartz, Todd Heine, Mark Heine, Tim Heine, Nick Heine, Joel Heine and Andrew Dietsch
Anna was born on Sept. 19, 1912, to Fred W. and Theresia (Arens) Uhing on the family’s farm southeast of Bow Valley, NE. She was baptized and confirmed in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Bow Valley. Anna graduated from Bunker Hill District 72 School after completing eight grades. After her mother’s death from leukemia in 1927, she kept house for her father and two brothers until she married Anton J. Dietsch on April 21, 1936, in Bow Valley. They farmed east of Fordyce until moving to O’Neill, NE, for one year and then to Wynot. They were blessed with four children. Anton died on Oct. 13, 1948, in a truck accident leaving her a widow for 65 years. Anna moved herself and children back to the family homestead southeast of Bow Valley on an invitation from her bachelor brother, John Uhing. Anna was his caregiver for 33 years and they moved into Bow Valley in 1974. From 1960 to 1983, she worked at Avera Sister James Care Center and was honored as Employee of the Month. After her retirement, Anna worked seasonally for Gurney’s and cared for her daughter, Donna, for 18 years. She had been a resident of Majestic Bluffs Assisted Living since 2001 and Avera Sister James Care Center since April 2, 2009. Prayer and belief in God’s Providence brought support, peace, and comfort in her life. Anna was a member of the Holy Family (Sts Peter & Paul) Catholic Church in Bow Valley, Christian Mothers, Ministry of Praise and the Catholic Daughters of America. She loved attending daily Mass, working in her garden, quilting, crocheting and baking for her family members.
Grateful for having shared her life are her three children, Donna Sudbeck of Omaha; Frederick and Kathleen Dietsch of Fayetteville, PA, Doris and Francis “Bud” Heine of Vermillion; 25 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Anton; a daughter, Shirley Schwartz in 1975; a grandson, Neil Heine in 1974; eight siblings and their spouses, Louis (Rosella) Uhing, Agatha (Pete) Schieffer, Martha (Art) Schrempp, William (Bernadine) Uhing, Amelia (John) Wisner, Marie (Dale) Mallatt, Alfred (Theresa) Uhing and John Uhing.